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The Jazz Epistles

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The Jazz Epistles - The Complete Recordings (2014) MP3 320 kbps CBR | 71:19 min | 172 MB Genre: Jazz | Label: Trunk Records Experienceby The Jazz Epistles. Fashioned after Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the South African bebop crew, recorded one album released in 1960. The ensemble consisting of Abdullah Ibrahim on piano, Kippie Moeketsi on alto saxophone, Jonas Gwangwa on trombone, Hugh Masekela on trumpet, Johnny Gertze on bass, and Makaya Ntshoko on drums dissolved soon after this seminal recording that highlights the best of South African and continental African jazz aesthetics. The...

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Fleurwatch: update on the Sean Penn movie

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One of our favourite Swellendam residents is Fleur van Eeden, who also features in our guesthouse brochure and on our website in various poses and guises. Here she is on set with Charlize Theron, shooting Sean Penn's latest directorial project. Fleur has recently wrapped up the shooting of the new season of Homeland, where she is the body double and stunt actor for Claire Danes, a project which was also shot in Cape Town. Sean Penn has returned to the director's chair for the first time since 2007's critically acclaimed Into the Wild on the African-set romantic drama The Last Face, reports...

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Cupcake Time

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Saturday afternoon seems like a good time for a batch of Double Chocolate Cupcakes, especially when they are presented on our Dino plate. Love the way the dino is protecting the cupcakes, as well she should with Chairman Mao in the background! Here is a simple recipe, with guaranteed success. 300g dark chocolate, broken into chunks - It's not crucial to use one with an impressively high cocoa content. 200g self-raising flour 200g light muscovado sugar, plus 3 tbsp extra 6 tbsp cocoa 150ml sunflower oil, plus a little extra for greasing 250ml tub thick cream 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla...

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The Zulu Royal Tree

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Our Coral tree, Erythrina caffra, is in bloom on the new part of the property which borders the next street over and it's such a beautiful tree. The colour of the blooms against the blue sky is already such an art cliche but who can resist. It is truly one of the most spectacular sights. Some more on the tree just in case you were wondering but were to scared to ask... Erythrina is known as the red genus and E. caffra is widely loved for its warm red to scarlet-coloured flowers, which appear from the cold winter months up to spring. Its popularity can be ascribed to its ease of cultivation...

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Queen of Carthage

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Just because its winter here in Swellendam and therefore very romantic with gusty windy  and shards of dappled light, it feels like the perfect time for a little baroque levity with a dollop of tragedy at the end to break your heart. Dido & Aeneas an opera in a prologue and three acts, written by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate Le Concert d'Astrée & Emmanuelle Haïm, harpsichord and director Despite its brevity, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas holds many charms for audience and performers alike, so it's no wonder that there has recently...

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